On Sunday night, during the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, a white terrorist shot and killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others. The latest act of senseless violence in the U.S. has kicked off a sadly familiar cycle, with NRA-loving members of our government offering citizens their usual, sustenance-free combo plate of thoughts and prayers without making any real effort to initiate change. For Jimmy Kimmel, who spent most of his childhood in Vegas and received an honorary doctorate from UNLV in 2013, the oft-repeated (and nauseating) Second Amendment defense used by idiots in the wake of these tragedies has never made sense.
"It's a kind of thing that, it makes you either want to throw up or give up," Kimmel said Monday. "It's too much to even process, all these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a collection of high-powered rifles and used them to shoot people." Kimmel went on to express his disagreement with those still insisting there's nothing that can be done about these incidents, noting that "there's a lot" that can be done.
"But we don't, which is interesting," Kimmel said. "Because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn't happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills another American, then there's nothing we can do about that. And, Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47’s is the argument, I assume."
Noting the prevalence of semi-automatic weapons in previous U.S. mass shootings, Kimmel reminded viewers of such weapons' true intention and called out leaders for ensuring their legality. "I don't know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen, or maybe a better question, why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?" Kimmel said.
Kimmel also slammed Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and others—whose balls he said were firmly tucked into an NRA money clip—for their hollow thoughts and prayers contributions. "They should be praying," Kimmel said. "They should be praying for god to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country."
Watch Kimmel's full monologue up top, then click here to learn more about the NRA's intentional recklessness.